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Friday, May 4, 2012

My Utmost For His Highest : "Vicarious Intercession"


May 4, 2012


Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the
holiest by the blood of Jesus.

Hebrews 10:19

Beware of imagining that intercession means bringing our personal
sympathies into the presence of God and demanding that He does what
we ask. Our approach to God is due entirely to the vicarious
identification of our Lord with sin. We have "boldness to enter into
the holiest by the blood of Jesus."

Spiritual stubbornness is the most effectual hindrance to
intercession, because it is based on sympathy with that in ourselves
and in others that we do not think needs atoning for. We have the
notion that there are certain right and virtuous things in us which
do not need to be based on the Atonement, and just in the domain of
"stodge" that is produced by this idea we cannot intercede. We do not
identify ourselves with God's interests in others, we get petulant
with God; we are always ready with our own ideas, and intercession
becomes the glorification of our own natural sympathies. We have to
realize that the identification of Jesus with sin means the radical
alteration of all our sympathies. Vicarious intercession means that
we deliberately substitute God's interests in others for our natural
sympathy with them.

Am I stubborn or substituted? Petted or perfect in my relationship to
God? Sulky or spiritual? Determined to have my own way or determined
to be identified with Him?

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